Brett Favre is back with the Vikings, and we have Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Ryan Longwell to thank.
Without those three guys undertaking their diplomatic mission to Hattiesburg on Monday, Favre would still be back there sipping iced tea and watching his grass grow, not preparing for his 20th season as an NFL quarterback and 2nd with the Vikings.
It makes a good story, anyway. Unfortunately, not everyone is buying this Hutch-Jared-Longwell hero myth.
The skeptics claim that Favre was always going to come back, and all those guys really did was stroke his ego a tad, and give him a little friendly nudge in the ribs.
You can count Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian among those who aren’t swallowing the tale of The Three Hattiesburg Amigos.
Berrian, when asked about the whole thing Wednesday morning on Sirius NFL Radio, basically laughed it off.
“I think that was just for show,” Berrian told hosts Rich Gannon and Adam Schein. “The three teammates going out there…Jared, Longwell and Hutch going out there had no influence on Brett coming back this season.”
As it turns out, Steve Hutchinson’s own account of the trip basically upholds Berrian’s view that the visit did little to sway Favre one way or the other.
“…Nobody can push Brett into anything,” Hutch told Rich Eisen of NFL Network. “I think it was just the first time that some of his teammates came down to visit him, and it sort of reiterated to him what he felt about playing with all the guys, and he just figured after going through it one more time, ‘Let’s do it.'”
Like I said, it made a good story. Unfortunately, like an Oliver Stone historical film or a Brad Childress press conference, the Three Hattiesburg Amigos tale appears to be a crock of s-h-i-t.